Sep 30, 2012 6:00am PDT
and spiritual heart of the taliban is a journey often fraught with uncertainty. these soldiers jammed inside a striker combat vehicle know the taliban still fights hard for this land and regularly plant ieds along the way. you've lost some guys to ieds? >> absolutely. we've had a number of guys wounded and a number of guys killed both mounted and dismounted. >> lately, however, the americans don't make the journey alone. afghan troops and police man checkpoints along the way. lieutenant general james terry, the operational commander of the war, brought us here to see for ourselves the robust presence of their afghan partners. >> you look at these afghan national security forces, here is what's very different, very different from two years ago, moving out and taking charge of this. >> tell them to watch me. >> training the afghans to take over the war is practically the singular focus of the international coalition as of 2014 withdrawal date draws closer. >> and as they become increasingly more capable, we'll skill up some of that advice and assist and then over time they have the lead comple
Sep 30, 2012 3:30pm PDT
't know if they need to turn their war to the taliban or to the afghan government. what we do see is an uneasiness among the afghans in the province. >> that's nbc nightly news for this sunday, a reminder, our special coverage in this region. remember "at the brink" continues all week long. thanks for watching and good night.